Psychology: Work and Organizational Psychology

Understanding human behavior in the workplace

Understanding human behavior in the workplace


Work and Organizational Psychology focuses on human behavior within organizations and work situations. Why is one a leader and does the other follow? How can organizations attract ambitious, competent, and trustworthy employees? How can groups and organizations shape diversity? What role should leaders have in that process? How can we design selection procedures that are fair to ethnic groups? These are questions that are central within Work and Organizational Psychology.

The Master’s programme Work and Organizational Psychology prepares you for practice. You learn to apply the theory studied to everyday situations and the courses are taught by people who have experience in the field. During the Master you will gain insight into consumer behavior and how it can be influenced. Additionally, you will become familiar with theories that examine the various facets of the individual and his personality.

What are the available methods with which to assess which personality fits within a given work environment or function? How can you properly shape and support change management within organizations? What kind of leadership fits best in today’s world? How can you measure leadership? During your Master’s programme, you will find answers to these questions and you will gain insight into the social processes within organizations. You will also learn to differentiate between the roles that leadership, diversity, emotions, and affect play.


The emphasis of the Master’s programme Work and Organizational Psychology lies, on the one hand, in the area of social processes in organizations such as leadership, change, and cooperation. On the other hand, you can specialize in applied areas such as recruitment, selection, and management. Because of the application-focused character of the Master’s Programme, the link between theory and practice, and the emphasis on practical experience (internship), you will have a strong position on the labor market as a Work and Organizational Psychologist.

Psychology: Work & Organizational Psychology courses in study guide.

Education is of a very high standard

The Master’s degree Psychology at VU Amsterdam is small, intensive, and well organized. You work together with other students in small groups. A lot of teachers are professionals in practice and they will take time to guide you in your learning process. As soon as you start with the programme you will be assigned a teacher as tutor to whom you can turn for study matters or personal matters.

There is a lot of attention for your future

You will have the opportunity to enroll in courses that prepare you for your work career. There is also a good network for internships within major private and public organizations in the Netherlands and beyond. 

The broad approach is unique

All the Master’s degrees in the field of psychology are part of the Graduate School of the faculty. Therefore, there is a unique coherence within research, education, and academic and professional training. With the degree Psychology from VU Amsterdam there are many roads you can follow. You receive a good education in scientific research, but there is also a lot of attention for the skills that you will need in the practice of a psychologist.

Unique combination

What is especially unique about the Master’s degree Work and Organizational Psychology, is the combination of Human Resource Management and Organizational Psychology. The degree is not only scientific but also highly applicable: you will get the opportunity to analyze problems in organizations based on scientific research, yet there is also a lot of attention for practice-focused skills such as leadership and negotiation.

As a Master of Science in Psychology you will quickly find a suitable job. You can work in social aid, in hospitals, mental health institutions, or nursing homes. But you can also end up in the corporate world, for example as Human Resource Manager or Organizational consultant. Depending on the programme you choose, you will find a suitable job as psychologist. Check out your career perspectives with the Master programme you choose.

Are you not finished learning yet after your Master’s degree? After that you can apply to various postdoctoral degrees that educate you to become a health psychologist, clinical psychologist, I/O psychologist or psychotherapist, for example.


The research department of Social and Organizational Psychology is organized within the research programme Trust, Leadership, and Cooperation (TLC). As a Master’s student you will profit from the expertise and knowledge present within the department and have the opportunity to make a contribution yourself to research and practice during your research for the Master’s thesis. The department is of high international standing and cooperates with a variety of departments and institutions within VU Amsterdam (such as NSCR and the Zijlstra Centre), and with lots of international universities (such as Oxford, Singapore, UCLA, Michigan State, Queensland). Also, the department has good contacts with major public and private organizations in the Netherlands, in Europe, and beyond.

Trust, cooperation, and leadership are the themes that are central to our departmental research programme. When do we trust others? Are there biological and genetic influences that foster trust and cooperation between people? What makes us want to help others, or the group? What role do empathy, personality, and leadership play in social interaction? How do people deal with injustices? What must a leader do to optimally motivate people to step up for the group? Which skills should you possess to stay in control of your feelings, and can self-control be accomplished through training?

The research programme Trust, Leadership, and Cooperation

Yvette Burger

Student Work and Organizational Psychology

Yvette Burger student

“Psychology is a very fun, educational, and versatile study, and even though the study is quite broad, it is definitely not shallow. I follow the programme Work and Organizational Psychology because the combination of people and companies really speaks to me. The knowledge that you gain from this degree is very applicable and useful in your own daily life. In short: a study programme that will never go to waste!"

Overview Psychology: Work and Organizational Psychology

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

English

DURATION

1 year

TUITION FEE

APPLICATION DEADLINE

15 July for Dutch students. For International students who apply after April 1 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam can not guarantee that accommodation will be available for them

START DATE

1 September

STUDY TYPE

Full-time

FIELD OF INTEREST

Behavioural and Social Sciences

Dutch students


Afhankelijk van je vooropleiding gelden verschillende toelatingseisen, deadlines en aanmeldprocedures voor de master Psychologie: Mastertraject Arbeids- en Organisatiepsychologie. Starten met de masteropleiding is alleen mogelijk per 1 september. Er is geen instroommogelijkheid in februari.

Heb je al een masterdiploma?
Let op! De kosten van een tweede master zijn niet gelijk aan het reguliere collegegeld. De aanmeldprocedure is gelijk aan die met een bachelor van de VU, van een andere Nederlandse universiteit of van het hbo (volg de links hierboven).
Meer informatie over tarieven tweede graad.

Toelatingseisen

Met een VU bachelor Psychologie met een minor Sociale en Organisatie Psychologie (minor S&O) van de VU kun je direct instromen in de masteropleiding Psychologie: mastertraject Arbeids- en Organisatiepsychologie (A&O). Voor psychologiestudenten met een andere minor of studenten met een aan de VU behaald verwant bachelordiploma Bestuurs- en organisatiewetenschappen, Communicatiewetenschappen, Communicatie- en Informatiewetenschappen, International Business Administration of Bedrijfskunde ben je toelaatbaar tot het mastertraject Arbeids- en Organisatiepsychologie, mits je aan de volgende voorwaarden voldoet:

  • Een voldoende voor M&D3: Individual and Organizational Diagnosis (6 EC) of een vergelijkbaar vak (te beoordelen door de examencommissie). M&D3 wordt in periode 5 (april-mei 2018) aangeboden voor diegenen die het mastertraject A&O willen volgen maar niet de minor S&O hebben gevolgd.
  • Een van de drie volgende vakken: Human Resource Management, Management and Organization, of Human Resource Development, of een vergelijkbaar vak (te beoordelen door de examencommissie).

Deadlines:
Uiterlijk 31 juli moet je je aanmelding in Studielink en VUnet hebben voltooid. Meer informatie vind je op VUnet. Het advies is om je uiterlijk 31 mei al aan te melden!
Uiterlijk 31 augustus moet je je volledige inschrijving hebben voltooid.

Aanmelden/inschrijven na de deadlines is niet meer mogelijk.
Meer informatie over de procedure voor aanmelden kun je vinden op de VU website.

Niet toelaatbaar
Beschik je niet over een minor Sociale en Organisatiepsychologie of één van de bovengenoemde VU-bachelordiploma’s met aanvullende vereisten, dan voldoe je helaas niet aan de toelatingseisen en kun je niet instromen in de masteropleiding Psychologie, mastertraject Arbeids- en organisatiepsychologie.


N.B. 31 mei 2018
: Deadline aanmelding Studielink en deadline indienen toelatingsverzoek bij de toelatingscommissie.

Toelatingseisen

Met een bachelordiploma Psychologie, Bedrijfskunde, Bedrijfswetenschappen, Bestuurs- en organisatiewetenschappen, Beta Gamma Bedrijfskunde, (International) Business Administration, Communicatie- en Informatiewetenschappen, Communicatiewetenschappen of Personeelswetenschappen van een andere Nederlandse universiteit ben je toelaatbaar tot de masteropleiding Psychologie: mastertraject Arbeids- en Organisatiepsychologie, mits je aan de volgende voorwaarden voldoet:

  • Een voldoende voor M&D3: Individual and Organizational Diagnosis (6 EC) of een vergelijkbaar vak (te beoordelen door de examencommissie). M&D3 wordt in periode 5 (april-mei 2018) aangeboden voor diegenen die het mastertraject A&O willen volgen maar niet de minor S&O hebben gevolgd.
  • Een van de drie volgende vakken: Human Resource Management, Management and Organization, of Human Resource Development, of een vergelijkbaar vak (te beoordelen door de Examencommissie). 

Om te bepalen of je aan de bovenstaande toelatingseisen hebt voldaan, moet je in VUnet een toelatingsverzoek indienen (zie hieronder).

Hoe dien je een toelatingsverzoek in? 
Je meldt je aan in Studielink voor de master Psychologie. Een aanmelding verplicht je tot niets en kan nog tot 1 september kosteloos geannuleerd worden.
Dan ontvang je inlogcodes waarmee je je kunt aanmelden in VUnet. In VUnet kies je de specialisatie ‘Arbeids- en Organisatiepsychologie’.

Bij je aanmelding in VUnet moet je de volgende documenten uploaden onder het kopje 'Diploma': 

  • Formulier 'Verzoek toelating'
  • Kopie diploma van de opleiding(en) op grond waarvan je toelating vraagt tot de master (indien reeds in je bezit).
  • Kopie officiële cijferlijst van de opleiding(en) op grond waarvan je toelating vraagt tot de master. Als je nog geen definitieve cijferlijst hebt, voeg dan een voorlopige cijferlijst toe.

Onvolledige aanmeldingen worden niet in behandeling genomen.

Deadlines:
Deadline aanmelding in Studielink en indienen toelatingsverzoek in VUnet: 31 mei 2018.
Deadline volledige inschrijving (incl. betaling collegegeld): 31 augustus 2018.

Niet toelaatbaar
Beschik je niet over één van de bovengenoemde bachelordiploma’s, of voldoe je niet aan de voor dit mastertraject gestelde ingangseisen, dan ben je helaas niet toelaatbaar tot de masteropleiding Psychologie, mastertraject Arbeids- en organisatiepsychologie.

Aan de VU hebben we geen premasteropleiding Psychologie. Je moet eerst het universitaire bachelordiploma Psychologie behalen. Met een hbo-opleiding kun je niet instromen in de masteropleiding Psychologie, mastertraject Arbeids- en Organisatiepsychologie. 

Something for you?
Do you dare to submit your own ideas to thorough analyses and to only speak with full conviction when you have sufficient scientific evidence? Are you someone who knows how to apply theory to practice? Do you want to use your knowledge, insights, and skills in the area of Work and Organizational Psychology for improving organizations? Then you will definitely be in the right place at the Master’s programme Work and Organizational Psychology.

  • Please look at what more this programme has to offer you! Find more information about the courses in the Studyguide.
  • Join a Work and Organizational Psychology Master’s degree student for a day: send an email to studiekeuze.fgb@vu.nl

Information on study related issues as courses, study programme and study choice:

Study advisor
studieadvies.fgb@vu.nl

Information days 
4 December 2018: VU Master's evening

International students

We welcome and look for motivated and ambitious students who are actively developing themselves and are aware of their position and role in society. In order to be successful in this programme you need a solid academic basis in Psychology or a close-related discipline. Typically, successful students in this programme have at least a 7,0 average grade (or an equivalent GPA score).

The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. If you have read the admission criteria below and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your relevant documents are required.

In order to gain admission to this Master’s programme, you need to have obtained at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent. Academic writing skill is to be demonstrated by submitting a thesis or other piece of academic writing you have done during your prior education.

Specific requirements for the Master in Psychology: Work and Organizational Psychology
For admission to this study programme, a student needs to have completed (or is currently completing) a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology  or related programme.

Applicants need to have successfully completed courses related to the core of this programme, consisting of (or equivalents of):

Courses related to Psychology (around 18 ects), for example:

  • Organizational Psychology (6 ects) (or an equivalent course; this is compulsory)
  • Introduction to Psychology (6 ects)
  • A more specialized organizational psychology course (e.g., HRM, HRD, OB, or OD) or one other psychology course (e.g., personality, social, clinical, developmental, or cognitive psychology) (6 ects)

Courses related to Quantitative methods (around 18 ects), for example:

  • Statistics (6 ects) (or an equivalent course; this is compulsory)
  • Research methods (6 ects)
  • A more specialized quantitative methods course (e.g., psychometrics, multivariate statistics, multiple regression, or structrual equation modelling) (6 ects)

English language proficiency
The admission board wants to stress the intensity of the programme: reading scientific articles and writing papers will be a key part, all in a very high pace. Your English language skills, both oral and written, are extremely important in this programme. As you will have to communicate frequently with your fellow students and you will be working with and for international companies.

VU Amsterdam requires all applicants who have not completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia to take an English language test and to submit their score as part of their application. You can apply online for the Master's programme without having the English test results yet. You can apply online for the Master's programme without having the test results. We do advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. Below you will find the minimum English test scores for the programme:  

IELTS (academic): 6,5

TOEFL

  • Paper based test 580 
  • Internet based test 92-93

Cambridge English

  • Cambridge Proficiency Exam A, B, C 
  • Cambridge Advanced Exam A, B, C

The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers the TOEFL ITP English-language proficiency test. The test is offered by the VU Taalloket. You can find more information and register for this test at www.taalloket.nl.  

If you have read the admission requirements and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your relevant documents are required.

Step 1: Prepare documents and apply online
Please prepare the following documents and arrange the payment of the application fee, a non-refundable €100 application fee applies. You can find an explanation of each document on the application page. All documents should be provided in English in pdf-format.

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Motivation letter
  • Two recommendation letters by academic staff
  • Transcript of records, including grades and credits (ECTS)
  • Description of courses
  • Literature list
  • Thesis
  • Copy of your valid passport or ID (only for EU residents)

After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure. In Studielink you can apply for the Master Psychology and in VUnet you can choose the Work and Organizational Psychology specialization. You can also submit your documents and pay the application fee in VUnet. After you have completed the application in VUnet, our international student advisor will contact you via e-mail.

Step 2: Await decision on admission
The admission board will review your application as soon as it is complete. Normally this takes about four weeks, but it might take longer in busy periods so be sure to apply as soon as possible. If you gain admission, you will receive a letter of conditional admission by email. You can start planning your move to Amsterdam!

Step 3: Finalize your registration and move to Amsterdam!
Make sure to finalize your registration as a student before the start of the programme. Here you will find an explanation What to do after admission. When all conditions are met you will be ready to start your programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam!

The deadlines for application are as follows:

  • April 1: Non-EU/EEA students with an international degree who need services from the International Office (housing [optional) and visa procedures).
  • April 1 : EU and EEA students with an international degree who need services from the International Office (housing).
  • July 15 : EU and EEA students with an international degree who do not need services from the International Office.
If you wonder what it is like to live and study in Amsterdam from a current student perspective, do not hesitate to contact our student ambassadors. They would love to share their experiences with you. 

Our student ambassadors are listed on this website: www.vu.nl/ambassadors.

Reach out to them and get their stories about being a student at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

There are several possibilities for obtaining funding. VU Amsterdam, the Dutch government and other organisations offer scholarships, fellowships and grants. Below you can find detailed information about scholarship programmes, grants and loans most often used by our international students.

VU Fellowship programme

VU Amsterdam offers fellowships to outstanding non-Dutch students who take part in its international Master's degree programmes, through the VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP). Selected students will receive a scholarship for the duration of the degree programme. There is a limited number of fellowships available. Please note that the VUFP application deadline is set to February 1st.

General information about scholarships

Learn more about other scholarships:

  • Direct Loan Programme (US students)
  • Netherlands Fellowship Programme
  • STUNED Scholarship Programme
  • Libertas Support Fund
  • Other scholarships possibilities

Student grants and loans by Dutch government

If you have questions about a student grant and loan provided by the Dutch government, you should contact DUO (Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs) or call the central information line on +31 50 599 7755.

Practical information about studying in Amsterdam

We will help you get the important things done during your stay, such as finding accomodation and optaining a visa/residence permit.
Extra information you need as an international student at VU Amsterdam 

Contact 
International Office.

Something for you?
Do you dare to submit your own ideas to thorough analyses and to only speak with full conviction when you have sufficient scientific evidence? Are you someone who knows how to apply theory to practice? Do you want to use your knowledge, insights, and skills in the area of Work and Organizational Psychology for improving organizations? Then you will definitely be in the right place at the Master’s programme Work and Organizational Psychology.

  • Please look at what more this programme has to offer you! Find more information about the courses in the Studyguide.
  • Join a Work and Organizational Psychology Master’s degree student for a day: send an email to studiekeuze.fgb@vu.nl

Contact

Information on practical matters (application & registration procedure, admission requirements, scholarships, etc.):
Floris Korbee
International student advisor
masters.fbms@vu.nl

Information on study related issues as courses, study programme and study choice:
Study advisor
studieadvies.fgb@vu.nl

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